Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2 Week of Nov 8, 2010November 15, 2010
According to news reports from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, on Wednesday November 10th at 10:00am, Behrouz Javid Tehrani, a long time political prisoner and pro-democracy activist was sentenced to 74 lashes, and the sentence was immediately carried out by Hassan Akharian, a notorious prison official. Behrouz was first arrested in 1999 during the student protests. He was released in 2004 and immediately resumed his pro-democracy activities and was arrested again in 2005 and has been in Gohardasht prison [Rajai Shahr] in Karaj since his arrest. Gohardasht prison is known for its brutal conditions and for housing extremely dangerous convicts. Behrouz has been subjected to systematic torture and has spent extensive time in solitary confinement over the past five years. Behrouz has been in prison now for 11 years.
Amir Hossein Kazemi, a member of the Freedom Movement of Iran, who had been released on a $210,000 bail for medical reasons, has returned to prison after undergoing several surgeries on his teeth and chest, and after the request for his medical leave extension was denied by the Prosecutor’s Office. According to Mizan news, he has had an infection after the surgeries and there is a risk that his blood may also be infected. His family expressed concern over his condition. According to his physicians, he needs to rest for a month and needs to change his bandage on a daily basis. He has been sentenced to three years in prison and held in ward 350 of Evin prison.
Zeynab Bahraini, a member of the Participation Front’s youth group and former head of Mousavi’s 2009 election campaign in the province of Fars was arrested at her house on Sunday November 14th and transferred to Shiraz’s Intelligence detention center, better known as “No. 100″. According to a Kaleme reporter in Shiraz, Ms. Bahraini is a 27 year old graduate student completing the last semester of her master’s degree in physics at the University of Shiraz.
The Iranian regime has sentenced at least 127 Afghans living in Iran to death. According to al-Arabiya TV, the consulate deputy at Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the clerical regime’s judiciary has issued 127 execution sentences against Afghans living in Iran. Mohammad Aman Amin told Afghanistan’s senate, “The Iranian regime is refusing to hand over the bodies of the Afghans who have been executed.”
An Iranian journalist held in Tehran’s Evin prison has been denied a visit with her mother. Nazanin Khosravani is held in solitary confinement in Evin’s notorious ward 209, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence. Khosravani’s mother, Azam Afsharian told Radio Farda she had been informed that visits to ward 209 are only allowed on Thursdays, but when she arrived to see her daughter on November 10th, she was told that Khosravani is banned from visits. Afsharian said she was told that she would be contacted “if her presence is required.” Afsharian told Radio Farda that she was not allowed to give her daughter some warm clothes that she had brought for her.
Iranian judiciary announced that the charges against the three suspended judges in connection with the violations committed at Kahrizak prison are under investigation. ILNA reports that the authorities have indicated that the case against Tehran’s former prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi and the other two judges is now in the preliminary stages of investigation. Saeed Mortazavi, the former Tehran prosecutor has been accused of involvement in sending post-election protesters to Kahrizak prison where they were abused and at least three died under torture. Saeed Mortazavi who is a staunch Ahmadinejad supporter has been said to enjoy immunity from prosecution which appears to be gradually cracking under the persistence of protests against the violent treatment of peaceful protesters in the past year and a half.
Five lawyers have been arrested in Iran for security-related offences, a local news agency said on Sunday, the latest in a series of arrests of human rights activists since last year’s disputed presidential election. Tehran general prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said three of the lawyers were arrested when they returned from a trip to Turkey, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “Two other lawyers related to the three were also detained in Iran,” the prosecutor told Fars. “They have been detained for committing security-related offences and violating the Islamic Republic’s moral standards outside Iran,” he said, without elaborating on the charges. Sara Sabaghian, Maryam Kian-Ersi and Maryam Karbasi were arrested at Tehran’s International Imam Khomeini airport on Saturday, the Sharq newspaper reported. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s website said the “whereabouts of the three women lawyers are unknown.”
*Editor’s Note: “Zeinab Bahraini arrested in Fars, former head of 2009 Mousavi election campaign” was translated by Banooye Sabz.
Weekly Report by Roya Irani for Persian2English
This report is being compiled each week in honor of all the university students, mothers, fathers, human rights activists, and minorities in Iran being unjustly detained, tortured, raped and killed by their government. Don’t be afraid, we are all together.
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